Guide: Downtown Art Walk, July 12, 2012


Artist Michael Hsiung for "Dude, Monsters!" at Think Tank Gallery

Downtown Art Walk continues to be a complex and surprising feature of the Los Angeles creative scene. To make your own experience of tomorrow's Art Walk, have a look at this list of highlights and plan your trek accordingly.

The Art Walk Lounge, housed in the historic MALDEF Building's expansive lobby, will feature works by Darren Quinn. (Art Walk sponsor SASSOON will hold "Hair As Art" show at 10:15 p.m. at the Robert Reynolds Gallery at 408 S. Spring St). Officially, Art Walk hours are 6 to 10 p.m. and held around 4th Street to 7th Street on Spring and Main Streets.
Downtown LA Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring Street

Art Walk Addendum: KCET contributor Nathan Masters' story about Bunker Hill, he brings up a new exhibition of photography from the George Mann Archives at Take My Picture (860 S. Broadway). ALSO: Caltrans Headquarters' outdoor Plaza has been the site for installations before, and they return to Art Walk to open "Yellow Line," a visual reflection on the function and meaning of road striping by French filmmaker and artist Simon Rouby. "Rouby shadowed Caltrans striping trucks for several years to document their daily activities, which include stenciling and striping District 7's freeways and highways." The official opening is during Downtown Art Walk from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Caltrans (100 South Main Street). It will be on display during the summer during business hours.

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"Flashback to Now" features new works by painter (and muralist) Eloy Torres. Plus, photography by Juliane Backmann. KCET' Artbound Shana Nys Dambrot has more. Through July 21, 2012.
EVFA I 727 S. Spring Street

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"Neo Indigenous" is Victor "MARKA27" Quiñonez new body of work, which made its debut in New York' East Village in January, comes to Crewest. It marks "a shift in the artist's cultural consciousness" with its media and cultural mix of old and new art forms. It is his L.A. solo premiere. Joining him is Boston-based Rob "Problak" Gibbs making his debut exhibit, "Small Change," in Crewest's Front Room Gallery
Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street

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CONTINUING: The first Los Angeles solo exhibition for Lily Simonson, "Wet and Wild," continues at CB1 Gallery (207 W. 5th Street); "Portraits of Jazz" looks at the "heart and soul" of the music independence Phil Stern Gallery (601 S. Los Angeles Street); "kaleidescopic" is abstraction, figurative and deco in a summer mash-up at Norbertellen Gallery (215 W. 6th Street #110)

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Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles share hosting duties for New Media Los Angeles International EXPO. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the "New Media Festival Winners Exhibit" will hold a reception. There is also a full slate of video presentations. Plus, the same space will have an artists reception for "Art of Instagram."
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street

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"Urban and Otherwise" is a group exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by the artists of the ECF Art Centers. Profits from artwork sales benefit artists directly as well as help support ECF Art Centers' programs. They will be at The Downtown Art Center Gallery at 828 S. Main Street.

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"Expansions" with Gonzalo Algarate, Paradee Chularee, Gil Mares, Linda Mayne, Randell Sims, David Sutherland, Cassandra Tondro, and Robert Toll. Through July 31.
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts I 215 W. 6th St. #115 (Entrance on Spring)

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"Some Just Shapeless Forms" shows photographic works by John Rosewall that crosses analog and digital processes for small abstract works. Runs through July 21. The gallery is open until 6pm on Thursdays. Art Walk hours are pending.
drkrm/gallery I 727 S. Spring Street

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"Behind the scenes at the daily miracle" is the tagline for The Los Angeles Times' hour-and-a-half tour of The Times Editorial operation geared toward Art Walkers.
LA Times Globe Lobby I First and Spring I SOLD OUT, but keep track for new tours.

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"Vehicles" is the exhibit name chosen by Eric Kim to showcase the work of 24 local L.A. street photographers. So named for the city's car culture and how "so many people are defined by the automobiles they drive." Reception held during Art Walk (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Hatakeyama Gallery I 905 S. Hill Street

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The painter and teacher at Art Center College of Design, Alex Schaefer, is known for raising some attention for his series of banks burning. A few of his less radical paintings will be a highlight at The District Gallery (740 E. Third Street) in the Arts District. He is one in a group show that opens the same day as Art Walk. Opening reception from 7 to 10pm, and the show runs through September 30. Schaefer is also a featured artist with ASLYM, and DCYPHER, along with a long list of artists in "Road to Comicon" at The Hive Gallery (729 S. Spring Street)

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ALSO IN THE ARTS DISTRICT (SOUTH): "2012 Kamikaze Exhibits" is the 4th year that artist and curator HK Zamani's practices his evil concept: 31 shows in 31 days in one space. The shows are previews, long thought out contemplative musings, or last minute panics. On the night of Art Walk, you can see "Former Times" with Kaucyila Brooke, Young Chung, Margaret Honda, and Johannes Schweiger, who "through the use of materials or by referring to history" invoke the past. "Former Times" one night only. 7 to 9 p.m.
POST runs through July 31 I 1904 E. Seventh Place (at Mateo)

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Los Angeles based artist Ryan Snow opens a new colorful series that is retro while infusing accents of modernism to explore color and shape. "Inspired by the minimalism movement in the early 60's that is rooted in the reductive aspects of modernism, he examines geometric abstraction with clean shapes of color on raw canvas." White Gloss Gallery have a soft opening Downtown Art Walk. An opening and artists reception will be on Saturday July 14, 8 p.m. Through August 8th.
White Gloss Gallery I 433 S. Spring Street

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Be very careful. Artist Debi Cable will have six installations within the art walk perimeter of Main, 5th, and Spring streets.

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Coba Gallery stroll into July with an exhibit featuring Casa, an art program that gives children "first hand experience with artists while helping them learn about different cultures through arts, crafts and music." All proceeds from art sold during Art Walk will benefit the Casa program directly. Coba Gallery I 125 W. 5th Street
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"Dude, Monsters!" street art show opens at Think Tank Gallery during Downtown L.A. Art Walk. Curated by Luke Pellethier to let cool friends help out cool friends. "The idea of social "misfits" of all kinds is the driving force behind Dude, Monsters!, which adopts a post-street art ideal of basic low-brow principle." Art Walk reception from 8 p.m. to Midnight. During the week, its by appointment.
Think Tank Gallery I 939 Maple Ave, Suite 300.

About the Author

Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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